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Encyclopedia > Hercules (Disney character)
Hercules

Hercules and the rest of the cast in the movie
First appearance Hercules
Created by Ron Clements
John Musker
Barry Johnson
Voiced by Tate Donovan
Josh Keaton (teenager in film)
Characteristics
Notable aliases Herk,
Herk the Jerk (By Hades and Pete), Wonder Boy (By Megara and Hades), Blunder Boy (By Hades)

Hercules is a fictional character who first appeared as the protagonist the Disney animated movie Hercules and later in the midquel television series of the same name. He is based on the mythical character Hercules, although some aspects of his life differ greatly from the original legend. For example, although he is called a "demi-god" in both the myth and the Disney version, in the Disney version he is the full child of Zeus and Hera who has his divinity stolen from him. He popularized the phrase "Zero to Hero" and is voiced by Tate Donovan (although in the movie, his voice as a teenager was Josh Keaton). Image File history File links Download high resolution version (500x755, 105 KB) Summary The one-sheet poster for the Disney film, Hercules. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Hercules is a 1997 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on June 14, 1997. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... John Musker (born in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is an American animation director. ... Barry Alan Johnson (b. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Tate Donovan (born September 25, 1963) is an American actor. ... Joshua Josh Keaton (born February 8, 1979) is an American actor and voice actor. ... Alice, a fictional character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... A protagonist is the central figure of a story. ... Walt Disney Pictures logo (2006-present) Walt Disney Pictures is an American film studio, with off-shoot studios in Japan and other sites in the United States. ... Hercules is a 1997 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on June 14, 1997. ... Hercules (also known as Disneys Hercules) is an animated series,based on the 1997 movie, that aired between 1998 and 1999. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Heracles. ... A demigod, a half-god, is a person whose one parent was a god and whose other parent was a human. ... The Statue of Zeus at Olympia Phidias created the 12-m (40-ft) tall statue of Zeus at Olympia about 435 BC. The statue was perhaps the most famous sculpture in Ancient Greece, imagined here in a 16th century engraving Zeus (in Greek: nominative: Zeús, genitive: Diós), is... In the Olympian pantheon of classical Greek Mythology, Hera (IPA pronunciation: ; Greek or ) was the wife and older sister of Zeus. ... Tate Donovan (born September 25, 1963) is an American actor. ... Joshua Josh Keaton (born February 8, 1979) is an American actor and voice actor. ...

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Film summary

Baby Hercules

In the feature length Disney movie, Hercules was born on Mount Olympus with all the powers of a god, and his parents were Zeus and Hera (who has been recast as a loving mother instead of a spiteful stepmother). The film begins at the celebration of his birth, during which the Olympian gods present the infant god with a multitude of gifts. Zeus himself creates the winged-horse Pegasus (who is not associated with Hercules in the myths) as a gift. It seems to be a joyous occasion, although one god is not happy about the new arrival: Hercules' evil uncle Hades, lord of the Underworld.I love Rae This article is about the mountain in Greece. ... The Statue of Zeus at Olympia Phidias created the 12-m (40-ft) tall statue of Zeus at Olympia about 435 BC. The statue was perhaps the most famous sculpture in Ancient Greece, imagined here in a 16th century engraving Zeus (in Greek: nominative: Zeús, genitive: Diós), is... In the Olympian pantheon of classical Greek Mythology, Hera (IPA pronunciation: ; Greek or ) was the wife and older sister of Zeus. ... Pegasus and Bellerophon, Attic red-figure In Greek mythology, Pegasus (Greek name: ) was a winged horse that was the son of Poseidon, in his role as horse-god, and the Gorgon Medusa. ... Hades, voiced by James Woods, is the villain in the 1997 movie Hercules, based on the Greek god Hades. ...


Hades wants to take control of Mount Olympus and the world, and he sees that if Hercules chooses to fight when he is older, his plans will be ruined. Knowing that as a god, Hercules is immortal and invulnerable, Hades sends his two lackeys, Pain and Panic, to kidnap Hercules and turn him mortal by means of a magic potion. Although they succeed in the first part of the plan, carrying Hercules down to Earth, they are interrupted by two human peasants (Amphytryon and Alcmene) before Hercules finishes drinking and the final drop falls wasted on the ground. Pain and Panic nevertheless attack him in the guise of snakes, and discover that because he did not drink the last drop he has retained his godly strength and they are beaten back. Amphytryon and Alcmene adopt the child, considering his arrival a gift from the gods since they are themselves childless. (Note that in the original myth, Alcmene herself is Hercules' birth mother.) This article is about the mountain in Greece. ... Pain and Panic. ... In Greek mythology Alcmene, or Alkmênê (might of the moon) was the mother of Heracles. ...


Too late, Zeus and the other gods discover the kidnapping. Because Herc is now mortal, however, they are unable to take him back to Olympus.


Teen Hercules

Hercules grows into a strong but clumsy teenager. He desperately wants to fit in, but as he cannot control his godly strength he only ends up causing havoc and alienating those around him. On one occasion, he accidentally flattens the local market town during a game of discus. His foster parents decide to finally come clean to him about the circumstances of his adoption, showing him a medallion they find that bears the symbol of the gods (Zeus' lightning bolt). Hercules sets off to find his place in the world, and goes to the Temple of Zeus for guidance. A fanciful reconstruction of Phidias statue of Zeus, in an engraving made by Philippe Galle in 1572, from a drawing by Maarten van Heemskerck The Statue of Zeus at Olympia is one of the classical Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. ...


While in the temple, Zeus himself appears (embodying his own statue), and reveals Hercules' origin. He explains that the only way Hercules can rejoin his parents on Mount Olympus is to prove himself a "true hero". A grown-up Pegasus also joins Hercules as a constant companion.


He goes to see Philoctetes (a satyr) a trainer of heroes who originally says he will not train Hercules, but changes his mind after Zeus zaps him with a bolt of lightning. Ancient Greek Satyr statuette In Greek mythology, satyrs (in Greek, Σάτυροι — Sátyroi) are young humans, possibly with horse ears, that roamed the woods and mountains, and were the companions of Pan and Dionysus. ...


Much like The Lion King as they sing Hakuna Matata as Simba grows up and Tarzan as they sing Son of Man as Tarzan grows up they sing as Hercules grows up. The Lion King is a 1994 animated feature film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ... Hakuna matata is a Swahili phrase that is literally translated as There are no worries here. It is sometimes translated as no worries, although is more commonly used similarly to the English phrase no problem. // To many outside the Swahili-speaking world, it would seem that the phrase was first... Adult Simba from The Lion King. ... Tarzan is a 1999 animated feature film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, and released by Walt Disney Pictures on June 18, 1999. ...


Adult Hercules

He then sets off with Philoctetes to become a Hero in Thebes. On his way he saves the beautiful Megara from Nessus. Megara was sent by Hades to recruit Nessus (a centaur) into Hades' army, but Nessus had lecherous designs on Megara, who resisted. Hercules then intervenes, defeating Nessus and freeing Megara. Megara relates this story to Hades, by which he learns that Hercules is still alive and so sends a variety of monsters to kill Hercules, the first of which is the Hydra. But Hercules dispatches the Hydra and every monster Hades sends against him. Thebes (in Demotic Greek: Θήβα — Thíva, Katharevousa: — Thēbai or Thíve) is a city in Greece, situated to the north of the Cithaeron range, which divides Boeotia from Attica, and on the southern edge of the Boeotian plain. ... In Greek mythology, Megara (in Greek: Μεγάρα) was the oldest daughter of Creon, king of Thebes. ... Nessus can have a number of meanings: Nessus, a famous centaur from Greek mythology. ... In Greek mythology, the centaurs (Greek: Κένταυροι) are a race of creatures composed of part human and part horse. ... Baron Strucker, retconned founder of HYDRA, wearing the HYDRA logo on his chest. ...


Hades then discovers that Hercules loves Megara and uses that knowledge to take Hercules out of the picture while he attempts to overtake Olympus, telling Hercules that he will hold Megara forever if Hercules does not give up his strength for a day so he can conquer Olympus with the help of the Titans and without intervention by Hercules. Hercules is reluctant to see anyone hurt, but Hades vows that no one close to Hercules will be hurt. Enacting his plan, Hades sends a Cyclops to destroy Hercules. Without his superhuman strength, Hercules is brutally buffeted about by the monster but, using his wits, he is able to defeat the Cyclops and send him hurtling off a cliff. This page is a candidate for speedy deletion, because: it is patent nonsense. ... Polyphemus the Cyclops. ...

Hercules regains his divinity
Hercules regains his divinity

The monster's fall causes a pillar to topple towards Hercules and Megara pushes him out of the way, taking the impact of the pillar. This in turn causes Hercules to regain his strength because Hades' end of the bargain is now broken. Megara, however, is gravely injured and Hercules leaves here in the care of his friends while he rushes off to thwart Hades' invasion of Olympus. He returns to Megara's side only to learn that her injuries were fatal. However, he then travels to Hades to rescue Megara's spirit. To do so he must enter a whirlpool which swiftly ages mortals upon contact, thus killing them within a short time. Hercules nevertheless enters the pool to rescue Megara's soul. He does not die, however, as his selfless act fulfills the requirement for being a true hero and, thus, Hercules regains his godhood. He then defeats Hades by punching him into the River Styx, and returns Megara's soul to her body. Image File history File links Hercules_-_Hercules_and_Megara. ... Image File history File links Hercules_-_Hercules_and_Megara. ...


He is invited by Zeus to live in Olympus, which was indeed originally his wish, but he decides rather to live his life on earth as a mortal with Megara. Although he will eventually die, he believes that even an immortal life without Megara would be empty.


Personality

One of Hercules' main personality traits is his clumsiness. In fact, that's the reason that he destroyed his town and created the Venus de Milo. However, Hercules is also with the qualities of many of the main male Disney protagonists: selfless, confident, and heroic. The Aphrodite of Milos otherwise known as the Venus de Milo is an ancient Greek statue and one of the most famous of the art of ancient Greek sculpture. ...


He can also be petty but it is only when he is a teen.


TV series

Teen Hercules and his friends Icarus and Cassandra
Teen Hercules and his friends Icarus and Cassandra

The animated series Hercules is set in the intervening period between his teen years and his first journey to Thebes as an adult, while he is still in training on Phil's island. The series also reveals that, on Zeus' instruction, Hercules attends a high school called the Prometheus Academy. His classmates include: Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Hercules (also known as Disneys Hercules) is an animated series,based on the 1997 movie, that aired between 1998 and 1999. ... Prometheus Academy is a fictional high school from the Disney animated television series Hercules. ...


Adonis

Adonis is the rich Narcissitic prince of Thrace. He has his own balcony at the school that is only for Aristocracy. Hercules some times uses it too, like when he became a rebel he barged in there with his friend Orion or to put Adonis in his place. Adonis is an archetypal life-death-rebirth deity in Greek mythology, and a central cult figure in various mystery religions. ... Thraciae veteris typvs. ...


They are constantly at each others throats for reasons of little importance or even no reason at all. A common factor that starts fights between the two boys is Helen. They also ran against each other for numerous thing such as School king and best couple at the dance. Helen was the wife of Menelaus and reputed to be the most beautiful woman in the world, and her abduction by Paris brought about the Trojan War. ...


Icarus and Cassandra

Icarus and Cassandra are his best friends. Icarus has bad hair and is considered a geek. He flew to close to the sun and it gave him brain damage. Cassandra is a famous seer given the power to see into the future as a curse and can be found in the seers catalogue. Icarus and Daedalus by Frederic Leighton In Greek mythology, Icarus (Latin, Greek – Íkaros, Etruscan – Vicare, German – Ikarus) was son of Daedalus, famous for his death by falling into the sea when he flew too close to the sun, melting the wax holding his artificial wings together. ... Painting by Evelyn De Morgan. ... Brain damage or brain injury is the destruction or degeneration of brain cells. ...


Ajax and Tempest

Ajax is a bully and a babe magnet. Tempest is a Disney character that was made entirely for the show. She is the princess of the Amazons and the daughter of Hippolyte. // Ajax can refer to: Ajax (mythology), also known as Telamonian Ajax or Ajax the Great, a Greek hero and legendary king of Salamis who plays an important role in Homers Iliad Ajax the Lesser, or Oilean Ajax, a Greek hero and legendary king of Locris who appears in Homer... The Amazons (in Greek, Αμαζόνες) were an ancient nation of female warriors or a society dominated by women, at the edges of Scythia in Sarmatia (Herodotus). ... In Greek mythology, Hippolyta is the Amazonian queen who possessed a magical girdle she was given by her father Ares, the god of war. ...


Kingdom Hearts

Hercules has also appeared, along with the rest of his cast (Hades, Phil, Meg, Pain and Panic) in the Kingdom Hearts series of video games. In the former, Sora must help Hercules defeat the evil Hades who, with the help of Maleficent and Pete, is still trying to take over Olympus. In the first game, he is voiced by Sean Astin, but Donovan reprises his role in the second game. His Japanese voice is done by Yasunori Matsumoto. This does not cite its references or sources. ... Sora ) is the protagonist of the Kingdom Hearts role-playing video game series. ... Maleficent is a fictional character, the wicked dark fairy who appears in Walt Disneys 1959 adaptation of Sleeping Beauty. ... Black Pete (also known by countless other names, including Peg-Leg Pete and, simply, Pete) is a fictional character from the Walt Disney Company stables. ... Sean Astin (born Sean Patrick Duke[1] on February 25, 1971) is an American film actor, director, and Oscar-nominated producer, most famous for his roles as Mikey in The Goonies, Rudy in the film Rudy, and as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. ... Yasunori Matsumoto (松本 保典 Matsumoto Yasunori, born February 7, 1960) is a veteran seiyū who was born in Chiba. ...


Other Appearances

He also appeared in the Disney cartoon House of Mouse. The House of Mouse is a Disney cartoon show where Mickey Mouse and his friends run a nighclub called The House of Mouse, which shows Disney cartons as part of its floor show. ...


 
 

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